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Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava has achieved considerable international acclaim in recent years with his breathtaking feats of engineering in the service of elegant and humanistic modern forms. While his most recent success was the much-lauded (and much-televised) stadium, velodrome, and other structures of the Athens Olympics, Calatrava first established his reputation as the preeminent engineer of our time with a stunning series of bridges designed for cities around the globe?Barcelona, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Orléans, Seville, Venice, and Jerusalem.
Recent years have witnessed the introduction of Calatrava’s elegant forms to the American cityscape with designs for an innovative apartment tower and the much-anticipated World Trade Center Transportation Hub, both planned for lower Manhattan. But before these designs were unveiled, Calatrava completed the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum, which Time named the best new design project of 2001. This beautifully illustrated monograph is a detailed exploration of a celebrated American architectural masterpiece.
Calatrava’s spectacular cultural and civic projects have secured his place in the pantheon of world-class twenty-first-century architects. In addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, he’s celebrated for train stations in Zurich, Lyons, Lisbon, and Liège; the Sondica Airport in Bilbao; the Tenerife Concert Hall in the Spanish Canary Islands; and the Valencia Science Museum, Planetarium, and Opera House.
This photo essay of the spectacular new art museum features preparatory designs and drawings, photos of the stages of constructions, and many photos of the finished building, in b&w and color photos, many in full-sized plates, in an oversize format (9.75x11.25"). Kent's essay discusses the conception and execution of the museum, Calatrava's career and other commissions, and the materials and methods used in the construction at Milwaukee. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava has achieved considerable international acclaim in recent years with his feats of engineering and his architectural constructions. His designs for the major stadium at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and his selection as the architect of the highly anticipated World Trade Center Transportation Hub in lower Manhattan have recently put him before the eyes of the world, but Calatrava first established his reputation as the preeminent engineer of our time with a remarkable series of bridges designed for cities around the globe - Barcelona, Bilbao, Merida, Seville, and Valencia in Spain, as well as Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Orleans, and Venice.
While Calatrava's inventive treatment of structure and form has continued to put his new creations on the list of the world's most arresting buildings, his design of the Quadracci Pavilion, a major addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, was his first completed project in the United States. This work, which Time named the best new design project of 2001, encompasses an elegant cable-stayed bridge, new galleries, and other facilities for the museum, and, most dramatic of all, a movable, louvered sunscreen that lifts like wings above the museum's soaring reception hall. This illustrated monograph - with color photography by the Chicago-based firm of Hedrich Blessing - is a detailed exploration of a celebrated American architectural masterpiece.